What is an anxiety disorder?
Anxiety is a normal feeling we all experience from time to time. It is a normal physiological response to situations that could cause us harm in some way.
However, some people experience a level of fear, worry and avoidance that is consistently disproportionate to the risks of harm they face each day. Others may even have these feelings without being in any real danger at all. For these individuals, their experience of anxiety has shifted from being normal to abnormal.
Anxiety disorders are relatively common among children and adolescents. A large scale government study in 2015 indicated that nearly 300,000 young people aged 4-17 suffered from an anxiety disorder... and these figures are on the rise.
Anxiety can be a debilitating condition for young people, impacting their social and physical health, education and overall well-being. If your child's anxiety seems excessive or has begun to interfere with daily life, it is time to seek professional help.
Types of anxiety
- separation anxiety disorder,
- selective mutism,
- specific phobias,
- social anxiety disorder (social phobia),
- panic disorder,
- generalised anxiety disorder.
For more details about anxiety disorders, visit the following websites:
Free anxiety screening test
This questionnaire is designed for caregivers of children with suspected anxiety (ages 8-18 years):
Depression is marked by a persistent low mood and lack of pleasure. As the name suggests, young people with depression experience a "depressed emotional state" lasting for 2 or more weeks.
These children and adolescents may show symptoms of:
- low mood
- anger and irritability
- negative self-talk
- low motivation
- poor concentration
Depression is relatively common in adolescents but less frequent among children. Research indicates that as many as 1 in 5 young Australians will experience depression at one point or another.
Thankfully, there are many effective treatments for depression. If you are concerned about your child's mood, speak with a GP as soon as possible.
For more information about depression, visit:
Psychological Assessment for emotional concerns
Chology does not provide psychological therapy. If your child is suffering from emotional concerns in the absence of other behavioural/social/intellectual/academic problems, then you should visit a GP or paediatrician for initial support.
If your child's emotional concerns are part of a wider group of issues (eg. school learning difficulties, behaviour and/or social problems), then your child may benefit from an assessment. Call us today to find out how we can help.
Free mood screening test
This questionnaire is designed for caregivers of children with suspected mood problems (ages 6-16 years):